Digital Daily Dozen 12/04/2013

Upton, Walden Plan To Update Comm. Act

House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton, R-Mich., and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Greg Walden, R-Ore., today announced plans to update the Communications Act. The announcement was made via a Google Hangout, similar to a video Skype or FaceTime call.

TV Everywhere Clicks, Views Soar 217%

Since the inception of TV Everywhere, critics could confidently claim that the authentication of subscribers on non-TV devices was failing to materialize. Over the past year, however, authenticated video viewing grew 217% — and now comprises 14% of all ad views on long-form content.

Time-Shifted TV Watching Rises, Net Use Dips

Viewers watching time-shifted traditional TV continue to rise, but users of video on a computer — as well as general computer usage — declined in the third quarter of this year. Users of time-shifted traditional TV have also increased — 11% to 167.1 million in the third quarter.

MPAA Will Collect $80 Million Settlement in Big Lawsuit Against Hotfile

When the MPAA first filed a lawsuit against Hotfile in 2011, some questioned whether Hollywood had gone too far in targeting a cyberlocker. On Tuesday, after more than two years of fighting, Hollywood studios will be collecting $80 million after the parties agreed to resolve the high-profile battle.

HBO to Deliver Shows on Google Play in the U.K.
Google has secured an agreement with HBO to make shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire” available on its TV service, Google Play, in the U.K. The pact follows on a previous deal in the U.S. that saw HBO shows being added to the Google Play store.

YouTube Music Subscription Service Faces Delay
Waiting for YouTube’s subscription music service? You’re going to have to be patient. The video service had planned to launch a paid music service this year. Now it won’t happen until 2014. YouTube is said to be looking at a Q1 launch, though it doesn’t have a specific date.

Spotify on Charm Offensive to Win Over Music Acts
Spotify, the digital music service that has been valued at $4 billion, has embarked on a charm offensive to win over artists who have criticized its business model. The company launched a new website to explain how it pays rights holders, and promised to improve transparency.


New FCC Chair Tom Wheeler delivered his first formal public address. In a Q&A session following the speech, he appeared to endorse the opposite of net neutrality: allowing ISPs to charge websites and services in order to reach that ISP’s subscribers. In other words, giving ISPs the power to pick winners and losers online.

Netflix signed up as the first customer of a European-style Internet exchange that is launching in New York: the AMS-IX. The news is not just that some pond-hopping internet exchange has a big name customer — it’s also the first internet exchange to adopt a new set of rules of standards from the Open-IX initiative.


The FCC is contemplating rules for the most important auction of wireless spectrum since 2008, one that seeks to move underused broadcast TV spectrum toward higher value uses, like mobile broadband. Even in its most basic form, this “incentive auction” would be a complex, two-part affair.

Wikipedia kicks off fundraiser … again without wall-to-wall Wales

Even Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has admitted that he found it “annoying” that a picture of Jimmy Wales would appear on every page of the online encyclopedia during its weeks-long annual fundraising campaign.

Study: More hours are spent listening to the radio than browsing the Internet

American consumers spend more time listening to traditional radio each month than they do on the plethora of streaming-video gizmos that have captured the attention of so many advertisers, cable networks and TV broadcasters, according to a new report from Nielsen.

Online TV viewing shows how traditional broadcasters get ‘prime time’ wrong

What happens when you let people watch what they want, when they want? Netflix tells us that, given a choice, people consume television shows by “binge-watching,” which is the practice of watching back-to-back episodes until your eyes melt. Yet the BBC iPlayer streaming service tells a different story.

The Digital Daily Dozen is distributed weekdays (usually) by Dom Caristi as a service of the BSU Digital Policy Institute. The articles are culled from various e-newsletters. The content is not original – only their compilation in this mailing is.